Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times, with the details on one of 2018’s greatest sporting controversies: “Wesley Harms blamed his 10-2 semifinal loss to two-time world champion Gary Anderson at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, England, on Anderson fouling the air with flatulence, telling Dutch TV station RTL7L: ‘It’ll take me two nights to lose this smell from my nose.’ Anderson, however, vehemently denied his triumph was wind-aided.”
Mick McGeough, who suffered a stroke on Sunday and was taken off life support by his family later in the week, was one of a kind as a WHL/NHL referee. Had referees worn microphones when he was working, he may never have had his in the ‘off’ position. Yes, he was Wes McCauley before Wes McCauley. . . . Condolences to Mick’s family, friends and associates.
You may have heard the buzz recently about John Dorsey, the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, saying that he might think about Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state, as the NFL team’s next head coach. Here’s what old friend Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com thought of that: “If he said that as part of a stand-up comedy routine, maybe it would work in that context; in just about any other context, it is about as dumb as an inflatable dart board.”
Just wondering, but do stores in the U.S. have Black (whatever-day-of-the-week-it-is) sales on the day after Canadian Thanksgiving?
Yes, I ventured into a few stores on Friday afternoon. I was quickly reminded that we are into the time of year when many shoppers are in surly moods. It’s also the time of year when the number of phone-gazing shoppers clogging aisles seems to quadruple. So be careful out there.
Headline at The Onion (@TheOnion): 42 Million Dead in Bloodiest Black Friday Weekend on Record
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors wasn’t injured in a car accident on Friday morning. “I think he has another car that can drive,” offered a joking Steve Kerr, the NBA team’s head coach. . . . That brought this tweet from Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Bob (Butterbean) Love, former NBA great, once called to say he’d miss practice due to car trouble. A teammate said, ‘Must be an epidemic. Bean’s got six cars.’ ”
Is it just me or is Brian Burke working hard at becoming another Don Cherry, only without the wardrobe?
Blogger Tony Chong of Richmond, B.C., is back with us after a brief absence, and he is wondering “why doesn’t E. coli or listeria ever affect brussel sprouts?”
Headline at SportsPickle.com: Steelers are clearly distracted by not having Le’Veon Bell as a distraction
When the gap in a football game is seven or eight points, why do announcers insist on calling it a one-score game? Excuse me, but the trailing team still needs a touchdown and a one- or two-point conversion to pull even. By my math that’s two scores.
Daniel Carcillo’s NHL career included 429 games and 1,233 penalty minutes, so you know what his role was with the teams for which he played — the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
Before reaching the NHL, he played 161 regular-season games in the OHL (2002-05) — 141 with the Sarnia Sting and 20 with the Mississauga IceDogs.
These days, Carcillo, as he puts it on his Twitter page, is a “Mental Health/Concussion/TBI Advocate.”
On Saturday, in a series of 15 tweets that started with a hashtag — #BullyingAwarenessWeek — Carcillo detailed the treatment he received as a rookie with the Sting. As you read this, don’t think for a minute that players on other teams throughout junior hockey weren’t subjected to similar hazings back in the day.
I have taken Carcillo’s 15 tweets and strung them together. Here is Carcillo’s story . . .
The year is 2002-2003 I am 17 turning 18 yrs old & it’s my @NHL draft year
I moved away from home, family & friends, to play hockey in the @OHLHockey for the @StingHockey
I endured daily bullying/abuse at the hands of veteran players.
Below is my story . . .
Moving away from everyone you’ve ever known is hard
Living with strangers is, well, strange
Going to a new high school isn’t easy
Daily practices, workouts, long travel times for games are gruelling
Playing against 21 yr olds when you are 17 is intimidating
Having your teammates beat you on a daily basis with the sawed off paddle of a goaltender’s hockey stick, takes both a physical & mental toll on a teenager
I remember being so confused at the beginning of the yr
I remember thinking to myself, “If this is part of the process, just shut your mouth & bide your time”
Another thought that often came to mind is why
Why are my teammates demeaning the youngest players on the team?
Do they think this will create team unity?
What did we do?
You can only whip a horse so much before it quits on you, & that’s exactly what happened my rookie year in the #OHL
There were 12 of us who were rookies
Most of us held strong until the latter part of the year, when we had a game against the @GoLondonKnights in London
It’s a fairly short bus ride from London to Sarnia, about 45 min when you are sitting in a bus seat
If you are stuffed inside the bus washroom with 6-7 other rookies, while veterans hurl their spit from chewing tobacco through a vent in the door at you, 45 mins can feel like an eternity.
2 of us had had enough
We came out of the washroom swinging
Needless to say we never got the “hot box” treatment again
I can go on & speak about the other abuses many of us had to endure that year, but that will be in the book, along with names of those responsible
Since our coaches almost seemed to condone and encourage this kind of behaviour, & our GM hired the coaches, I didn’t know who I could trust.
So I sent a letter to the Commissioner of the league, David Branch, explaining exactly what 12 of us had to endure on a daily basis
I am speaking honestly about this story bc I want ppl to know that you do not have to accept what bullies tell u
The guys beating me on a daily basis & degrading me, were also the ones I hung out with at night at the movies
The abuse didn’t stop
It was constant
My abusers would say things like “don’t worry man, you’re going to be able to do this to the rookies next year!”
I can remember thinking at that exact moment…
‘Why would I ever want to make someone feel this way, let alone my teammate?’
How did I get through that year?
It was my draft year, & I was singularly focused on my goal of making something of myself
Nothing was going to get in my way
No opponent or bully
Everything happens for a reason
We finished in 1st place in the #OHL but we made a 1st round exit out of the playoffs, losing to the Guelph Storm
Remember what I said about the horse?
You guessed it
All the rookies had quit on the veterans
A conscious decision
I can remember the talk the over-ager gave, a desperate plea after the 1st. period of game 4
He was crying
It didn’t matter
Many of us were broken now
Damaged not only from the game, but from the constant bullying & physical & mental abuse
Emotional lacerations that aren’t easy to stitch up
Bc of our first round exit & the yr I had, I was invited to play for @TeamCanada at the U-18s in Yaroslavl, Russia
The tournament was packed with scouts
We won the Gold Medal
I ended up being drafted 73rd overall to the @penguins in the 2003 #NHL entry draft
Everything happens for a reason!
Don’t discredit times of suffering
Through pain, both emotional & physical, I have discovered who I am
If u r experiencing bullying/abuse of any kind & u don’t know what to do, confide in someone you trust for advice.
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The Everett Silvertips snapped a 1-1 tie with three straight goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Winterhawks in Portland. . . . Everett (19-7-1) has points in five straight (4-0-1). . . . The Silvertips lead the Western Conference by five points over the Vancouver Giants (16-6-2) and the U.S. Division by nine points over the Winterhawks (14-9-2). . . . F Martin Fasko-Rudas gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 1:53 of the first period, only to have D Jared Freadrich (3) pull Portland even at 5:05. . . . Fasko-Rudas, who has six goals, broke the tie at 8:20, and F Reece Vitelli made it 3-1 at 16:11. . . . Everett went ahead 4-1 when F Luke Ormsby (2) counted at 17:34. . . . The Winterhawks made things interesting on goals from F Michal Kvasnica (2), at 18:01 of the second, and F Joachim Blichfeld (21), on a PP, at 9:27 of the third. . . . F Connor Dewar (21) wrapped it up for Everett with an empty-netter at 19:31. . . . Fasko-Rudas, a Slovakian sophomore, enjoyed the first two-goal game of his career. He has six goals and seven assists in 27 games this season, after putting up six goals and nine assists in 70 games last season. . . . Everett was awarded only two assists on its five goals and one of those went to G Dustin Wolf. . . . Glass ran his point streak to 12 games with one assist. In those 12 games, he has five goals and 18 helpers. . . . These teams will meet again Wednesday, this time in Everett.